Bringing Out the Dead script
Synopsis: After a disheartening and haunting career wears him down, New York City paramedic Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) begins to collapse under the strain of saving lives and witnessing deaths. Through the course of a few nights, three co-workers (John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore) accompany Pierce as he grasps for sanity and pushes to be fired. Before Pierce falls off the edge, he still has a hope when he forms a friendship with a victim's daughter (Patricia Arquette).

Frank's training takes over: he injects the long steel

laryngoscope down Burke's throat, he finds a vein, injects

epinephrine, followed by atrophine, followed by another epi:

no response on the monitor. Larry pulls out the paddles:


Clear! Clear!

Larry activates defibrillator, shock--Burke's body heaves.

Sweat drips from Larry's nose onto Burke's chest.


No more, please don't!

They shock him again. This time the body moves less. Frank

glances up:
Mr. and Mrs. Burke's wedding photo sits on the

nightstand. Other pictures: a day at the beach, a young

serviceman, happy parents. Frank's mind drifts:


In the last year I had come to believe

in such things as spirits leaving

the body and not wanting to be put

back, spirits angry at the awkward

places death had left them. I

understood how crazy it was to think

this way, but I was convinced if I

turned around, I'd see Old Man Burke

standing at the window, watching,

waiting for us to finish.

Frank feels Burke's heart beneath cracked ribs. The EEG

remains flat. He's dead. It's time to quit.


(to Larry)

I'll take over. Call ER and ask for

an eighty-three.

(to Mrs. Burke)


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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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